Date: Tue, 9 Aug 1994 20:50:03 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: eye dialect
Re whut. A pun/joke that comes to mind frequently is one told by Flip Wilson
on maybe the Ed Sullivan Show.
Did you know that Worcestershire sauce hasn't always had that name? Used to
be just "black sauce" till one of Flip's buddies held a bottle of it in his
hand and asked "Woos dis hyere sauce?"
The spelling 'whut'/'whu's' wouldn't work very well, would it? The vowel
isn't right, for one thing. Tim Frazer's query was asking for an easy
answer to a complex question. Not only is the author's dialect a variable,
but the regional/social dialect of the speaker being caricatured by the
writer must be taken into account -- or not taken into account if we're tempted
to use the "standard" eye dialect spelling 'whut'. DMLance